They're known troublemakers, but red herrings have feelings, too. If they didn't, they wouldn't be blushing all the time. The technical difficulties that rendered this blog invisible during the past 24 hours aren't directly attributable to the infamous red herring, but the fishy character didn't exactly help, either.
It seems Blogger experienced a few hiccups that affected certain blogs. To wit, some of those hosted on the Blogger platform—but connected to a different domain, like this one—were intermittently unavailable. This led me to believe that mine, too, had been affected by said hiccups. This was not the case.
Timing, as they say, is everything. As it turned out, the problem had to do with my own hosting provider; the Blogger phenomenon was purely coincidental; the Blogger phenomenon was a red herring.
The moral of the story, of course, is twofold. First, don't fry your fish until they've had the chance to blame stuff on someone else. And second, your fish may be red-faced, but that doesn't necessarily make them red-handed.